Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and Councillor Patricia van der Ross unveiled the refurbished Muizenberg beach huts just in time for the festive season.
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In a statement, the City of Cape Town explained the successful refurbishment was a collaborative effort, significantly aided by the Friends of the Muizenberg Huts, a community group formed by residents.
Mayor Hill-Lewis expressed his gratitude towards the group and stressed the importance of maintaining these landmarks for the economic and job creation benefits they bring to the city.
“It was wonderful to see the completed restoration of the Muizenberg Huts today, just in time for what will be a record festive tourism season. I must especially thank the Friends of the Muizenberg Huts for their partnership to preserve this proud Cape Town tourism icon. As Capetonians, let’s take good care of this special heritage symbol when using the huts. When we take pride in our tourism offering, our city reaps the economic and job creation benefits,’ he said.
Beach huts restoration cost the City R5.9 million
The final phase of the project involved the meticulous restoration of 26 double huts and 10 single huts. The work, which began on 18 September 2023, was completed on schedule, ensuring the huts were ready for holidaymakers.
The refurbishment included replacing ground floor joists, timber bearers, roof rafters, sidewall panels, roof covering, and timber staircases.
Additionally, concrete bases for staircase posts, timber seating benches, floorboards, doors, and all steel bolted connections were renewed, along with a fresh coat of paint and wood treatment.
The project, valued at R5.9 million, covered the refurbishment of the East Beach Side huts, following the completion of the Surfers Corner Beach Side in a previous phase.
The City acknowledged the Friends of the Muizenberg Huts for their role in securing a donation of Everite cladding, which significantly contributed to the project’s success.
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The Muizenberg beach huts, with their vibrant colours and unique architecture, have long been a symbol of Cape Town’s coastal charm. The restoration enhances their aesthetic appeal and ensures their longevity as a cherished part of the city’s cultural and historical landscape.